Issue Position: Principles for a Good Budget

Issue Position

By:  Gary Alexander
Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Location: Unknown

*Fund education first and fully
*No new general taxes or fees
*Transparency -- no gimmicks
*No transfers to or from other budgets or budget periods
*No use of one-time money for ongoing programs
*Protect constitutional mandates
*Minimize legal disputes and reduce litigation costs
*Maintain strong reserve to meet unforeseen emergencies or revenue drops
*Balanced and sustainable budget
*Utilize priorities of government
*Seek efficiencies and reforms where cost effective
*Restrict fee increases to benefit of payer
*Provide flexibility in administration/compliance
*Relieve regulatory burdens and red tape